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The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time  

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This is a list of the best Indiana Hoosier Basketball Players of All Time. When the word "Indiana" is uttered, Indiana University Basketball is the first thing that comes to mind.  The Indiana Hoosiers are among the most storied programs in the history of college basketball with 5 NCAA Championships. IU's 7th in NCAA Tournament appearances (38), 7th in NCAA Tournament victories (64) and have won 21 Big Ten Conference Championships. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than the Hoosiers with 53.

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1979 - 1981

NCAA Champion (1981)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1981)

Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard, ...more

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2
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

2010 - 2013

Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Oladipo was drafted with ...more

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3
Scott May is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1972 - 1976

NCAA Champion (1976)

Scott Glenn May (born March 19, 1954) is a retired American professional basketball player.
4
Steve Alford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

1983 - 1987

NCAA Champion (1987)

Stephen Todd Alford (born November 23, 1964) is an American men's college basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West ...more

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5
Calbert Cheaney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1989 - 1993

Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney (born July 17, 1971) is an American basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League. He starred as a player for ...more
6
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1970 - 1971

George F. McGinnis (born August 12, 1950) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 11 seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball ...more

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7
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1958 - 1961

Walter Jones Bellamy (July 24, 1939 – November 2, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. A four-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of

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8
Quinn Buckner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1972 - 1976

William Quinn Buckner (born August 20, 1954) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played collegiate basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers, and was selected ...more
9
Damon Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1990 - 1994

Damon Bailey (born October 21, 1971) is a retired American basketball player. Bailey rose to national prominence after being recruited by Indiana coach Bob Knight as an 8th grader, an unusual ...more
10
Mike Woodson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1976 - 1980

Michael Dean Woodson (born March 24, 1958) is a former American basketball player and coach who last worked as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He was previously best ...more
11
Kent Benson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1973 - 1977

NCAA Champion (1976)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1976)

Michael Kent Benson (born December 27, 1954) is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player. Having had a prolific career during the 1970s and 1980s, he scored a career high ...more
12
Alan Henderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1991 - 1995

Alan Lybrooks Henderson (born December 2, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player of the NBA. He stands 6'9" (2.06 m) tall. Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Henderson ...more
13
Yogi Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2012 - 2016

Kevin Duane "Yogi" Ferrell Jr. (born May 9, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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14
Bobby Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Bobby Wilkerson Small forward, Shooting guard

1973 - 1976

NCAA Champion (1976)

15
Ray Tolbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1977 - 1981

NCAA Champion (1981)

Raymond Lee "Ray" Tolbert (born September 10, 1958) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the first round (18th overall) of ...more
16
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
srappaport added Shooting guard

2007 - 2008

Eric Ambrose Gordon Jr. (born December 25, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In high school, he was named ...more

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17
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

2011 - 2013

Cody Allen Zeller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Indiana ...more

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18
Dick Van Arsdale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Dick Van Arsdale Small forward

1962 - 1965

Richard Albert Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, and a current National Basketball Association (NBA) executive. A graduate of ...more
19
A. J. Guyton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

1996 - 2000

Arthur James "A. J." Guyton (born February 12, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player and now basketball coach. He played college basketball for Indiana
20
Randy Wittman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1978 - 1983

NCAA Champion (1981)

Randy Scott Wittman (born October 28, 1959) is an American retired basketball player at the guard position and former coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and ...more
21
Tom Van Arsdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1962 - 1965

Thomas Arthur Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943) is a former professional basketball player. A graduate of Indianapolis Emmerich Manual High School, the 6'5" guard played collegiately at ...more
22
Keith Smart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Guard

1986 - 1988

NCAA Champion (1987)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1987)

Jonathan Keith Smart (born September 21, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more
23
Jared Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Power forward, Center

2000 - 2002

Jared Scott Carter Jeffries (born November 25, 1981) is a retired National Basketball Association player who is currently the President of the eSports organization Echo Fox. He previously served ...more
24
Bobby Leonard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Guard

1951 - 1954

William Robert "Slick" Leonard (born July 17, 1932) is an American former professional basketball player and coach.

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25
Jimmy Rayl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1960 - 1963

James R. Rayl (June 21, 1941 – January 20, 2019) was an American professional basketball player in the ABA. He was a 6'2" and 175 lb guard.